The provincial parks system preserves provincially-significant ecosystems, landscapes and cultural resources. Provincial park lands make up 27 per cent of the Saskatchewan Representative Areas Network (RAN) that is the cornerstone of the government's Saskatchewan Biodiversity Action Plan.
Provincial park lands cannot be replaced. They demonstrate the balance between preservation for the future, and its use for research, presentation and educational recreational uses today.
Our provincial parks and recreation sites are natural ecosystems that produce clean water and air and support an amazing diversity of native animals and plants, including several of species at risk. They are popular as tourism and recreation sites because they are healthy and attractive ecosystems.
Without healthy and vibrant ecosystems, the beauty of our parks will fade and they will cease to be prime recreation sites. To conserve and protect parks, we must work to reduce the harmful effects of surrounding human activities.
We work with nature to safeguard the forests, prairies, waters, plants and animals across the system. To meet this challenge requires resources, innovative thinking, communication, education and cooperation—all qualities that are second nature to Saskatchewan people. Now, more than ever, we must work hard and long to conserve and protect what matters most in our parks.
Cultural Resource Management
Many provincial park lands contain archaeological sites, sacred plants and special sites associated with the first inhabitants. They preserve not only the tangible resources associated with past events; they also preserve the intangible values that people place on these sites.
The provincial park system contains sites and features associated with:
- early Aboriginal peoples;
- the fur trade;
- North West Mounted Police;
- the 1885 Resistance; and